As Homer Simpson would undoubtedly say, "Mmmmmmmmm... butter..." And he'd be right. Nothing's better than butter. And nothing's better than homemade butter. Making this deliciousness will not only teach your kids a great lesson about how butter is made, it will give them a great upper body workout as well. Oh yes, it'll also give everyone a great reason to sit down to a plate of the world's greatest food: hot buttered toast.
What you'll need:
1/2 pint whipping or heavy cream
Pinch of salt
Medium-sized jar with a screw-top lid (A mayo jar is great. A jar made from plastic is less breakable and better! Make sure it's squeaky clean.)
Clean dishcloth or doubled piece of cheesecloth
What you'll do:
- Pour the cream into the jar and add a pinch of salt. The cream should only fill the jar halfway. You can always make more later.
- Screw the lid on tightly and instruct the kids to start shaking... and shaking and shaking. They may start complaining -- after all, why are you just sitting there while they're doing lots of hard work? Remind them that the buttery reward will be worth it.
- Soon the cream will thicken into whipped cream. Keep going! You're almost there. The cream will get thicker and stiffer until finally (and rather suddenly) it will be a solid mass of butter. A little liquid will remain; this is buttermilk. (FYI: It's not the same buttermilk you get in a carton at the supermarket, which is actually cultured milk.)
- Scoop the solid buttery goodness into the middle of the dishcloth or cheesecloth. Wrap tightly and squeeze the last remaining buttermilk out of the butter.
- Make toast. Spread with fresh butter. Put your feet up. Make more toast. Repeat until satisfied.